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Lairg Fund passes £100,000 milestone

13 March 2018

Over £21,000 was distributed to projects across Lairg in 2017, from the Lairg Community Fund. This brings the total invested in the area to almost £105,000 since the fund opened in early 2011, making a positive difference to the local community.

Thirteen awards ranging from £485.00 to £2,500 were made in 2017.

Jeff Norrie, Chairman of Lairg Community Council, said the awards made last year have been to a wide range of projects which aim to enhance the quality of life for local residents and contribute to a vibrant, healthy and successful community.

“Again the Fund has supported a wide range of projects, from helping grow the local economy to supporting a variety of community activities and services.” he said.

“We also realise none of these projects would happen without the continued contribution volunteers make to our community and the Community Council thanks them for this,” he added.

The 13 awards in 2017 were;

1. Lairg and District Community Initiative - £2,500.00. To contribute to the cost of employing a Project Officer for 12 months, who will develop a facility to provide long-term residential care for elderly and infirm people in the local area.
2. Visit Lairg and Rogart - £2,000.00. To fund an initial branding and marketing campaign for the group, including establishing a distinct brand identity and website.
3. Lairg Community Council - £629.65. To provide a micro-grant scheme for 2017.
4. Lairg and District Community Initiative - £2,000.00. To fund six months of running costs, including phone, broadband, office rental and accountancy.
5. Lairg Primary School Parent Council - £2,000.00. To contribute to the cost of a trip to Loch Insh Outdoor Centre, Kingussie for P5-P7 pupils.
6. Friends of the Bradbury Centre - £485.00. To fund six music sessions with various artists and clubs to provide musical therapy to Bradbury Centre clients.
7. Lairg and District Community Initiative - £1,235.00. To contribute to the cost of Winterfest 2017, including reindeer, hall hire, gifts and entertainment.
8. Lairg Community Association Children's Party - £1,000.00. To purchase refreshments for the annual Halloween and Christmas parties as well as contribute to the cost of gifts for the Christmas party.
9. Lairg Friendship Club - £1,650.00. To contribute to the cost of the group's annual outing and Christmas party.
10. Lairg Community Association - £2,078.00. To purchase a vacuum cleaner and floor scrubber/dryer to assist with keeping the community centre clean.
11. Lairg Gala Week - £2,500.00. To purchase ground guards which will be used at community events.
12. Sutherland Schools Pipe Band - £600.00. To contribute towards equipment costs.
13. Lairg Small Bore Rifle Club - £2,500.00. To purchase new equipment for the club, including jackets, slings, mats, scopes, ear defenders and targets.

Applications to the Lairg Fund should be made to Foundation Scotland at least one month before the Lairg Community Council meeting at which the applicant wishes it to be considered.

More information on the Fund can be found at www.foundationscotland.org.uk/lairg

The dates for all planned meetings of the Lairg Community Council are available on its website at: www.lairgcommunitycouncil.co.uk

Since 2011, the Fund benefited from c. £14,000 annually from the three turbines at Cnoc Na Inghinnin owned by Lairg Wind Farm Ltd. In 2017, this amount rose to £22,000 due to the wind farm capacity increasing.


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